Dean Haskins called for a “birther summit” between a select group of top birthers and Senator Lindsey Graham (and other members of Congress) in an open letter reported here earlier. I don’t know how that’s going, but he is proposing a general “activist meeting” on the Birther Summit website.
The Summit, billed as a three-day event, consists of meetings, a rally, and then a visit to individual members of Congress.
I must admit that until I saw Haskins’ name buried on the About page, I was having trouble deciding whether to believe the website is legitimate, or an elaborate spoof. Working against the site are some comments that I am sure anti-Birthers would consider themselves hilariously funny to have said:
…national leaders and spokespeople of the eligibility movement will hammer out a unified, cohesive message to issue to Congress and every citizen of this country.
DAY 2 will start with a massive rally at which many of the previous day’s conference attendees will address the huge crowd assembled to make our presence known to Washington and the rest of the country.
The obligatory PayPal button is prominently displayed and there is a store for Birther Summit merchandise (mugs, t-shirts, and tote bags).
The only name mentioned as a participant in the summit is LTC Terry Lakin. The appearance of Lakin’s photo in military uniform on this political activist and fundraising site is highly irregular, and against military regulations if Lakin approved it. A hurried reading of the web site doesn’t suggest that Lakin approves of any of this; however, one of the Facebook “likes” for the site is from Marco Ciavolino, the trustee of the Terry Lakin Action Fund.
It sounds to me like Mr. Haskins is trying to make himself into a leader of the birther movement, largely through wishful thinking.